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Finally we had our first in person event to meet all the ESRs and advisors of the DoSSIER project! On the first day, Suzan Verberne gave an interesting tutorial about Natural Language Processing with a focus on data preprocessing, data annotation process and Named Entity Recognition. In order to focus on the skills which most of us interest, Suzan did a questionnaire beforehand and selected the topics. The tutorial started with the introduction of common data preprocessing steps and also for which tasks which data preprocessing makes sense. Along with an exercise to compute the Levenshtein distance we concluded this chapter. Personally for me the most interesting part was the part about how to do annotation campaigns, which possible options for attaining labels there are and the final exercise with the interrater agreement. I think this lecture will give good guidance for all ESRs in the project who wang to do their own annotation campaign. Suzan ended the tutorial with the topic of Named Entity Recognition and with introducing first neural networks for this task.

You can find the slides of her presentation on her website of her course Text Mining which she teaches in Leiden University.

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On Feb 19, 2021, the "Introduction to HCI" workshop was conducted by Dr. Martin Halvey from the University of Strathclyde and one of the DoSSIER advisors to the DOSSIER early-stage researchers. The one-day workshop covered these main topics: What is HCI; Experimental Design; and Investigation Techniques. The first part of the workshop was HCI definition and history, also it touched upon the related fields as psychology; Physiology; Medicine; and Ergonomics Sociology.

The second part of the workshop covered the experimental design in HCI and covered in more detail areas related to 'variables', 'task', and 'participants'. Besides, Dr. Halvey talked about ethics as crucial things to look at while designing experiments and how to ensure take into account the rights, safety, and wellbeing of the participants at all times. The final part of the workshops was about the various investigation techniques such as questionnaires; interviews; focus groups; observation; etc. Also, the advantages and disadvantages of each one of the mentioned techniques.

Dr. Halvey covered a wide range of important concepts that are crucial for the DOSSIER Ph.D. students to learn about at this stage of their careers. Especially that many of them will work on designing experiments and collecting data themselves. Learning about these concepts at the early stage of their career definitely would help them carry high-quality research and save them a lot of time. 

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860721